Saturday, November 22, 2008

Butterscotch… my new best friend!

Butterscotch Brownie Birthday Cake

I’ve developed a new found fondness for butterscotch. I was using some morsels as decorations for some pops (I’ll show you sometime later) when I made the mistake of tasting a few. Before I knew it, the bag was half gone. Seriously, those things are good. So good, that when I wanted to make some brownies for my sister’s birthday, I ditched my old best friend, chocolate and made her some over the top yummy butterscotch brownies. And, since it was her birthday, I decided to make them extra special. So, I made her a Butterscotch Brownie Birthday Cake.

First, I greased and floured some small 5 inch cake pans. I used this recipe for the brownies from Nestle’s website.

Butterscotch Brownies

Then, after they were cooled, I added some yummy butterscotch ganache (recipe below). Make sure to put some wax paper or foil underneath your cooling rack so you don’t get ganache all over the place. See that little bit starting to ooze down the side.

Butterscotch Ganache

In a minute it will look like this. Yes, my countertop was covered with ooey gooey goodness.

Butterscotch Ganache

Now, I really didn’t want to hurt my other best friend’s feelings, so I added some chocolate ganache and sprinkled on extra chopped pecans. For the top layer, I just used the chocolate ganache and when it was almost set up, added some butterscotch morsels for decoration. I thought about spelling her name out with them, but I already used her initials on last year’s birthday cake. So these were just placed randomly on top.

Butterscotch Brownie Birthday Cake

Here’s the birthday girl. It looked so good, she couldn’t wait for a fork. She may be getting older, but she’s definitely still a kid at heart.

For my sister

Now, you’re probably feeling bad for me because she got the butterscotch birthday cake all to herself.

Well, don’t.

I made a third layer… in a 6 inch cake pan. (Shhhhhhhh… don’t tell her.) Hey, I had to have some to try myself, you know. I topped this layer with lots of chocolate and butterscotch ganache, chopped pecans and extra butterscotch morsels… heavenly!


Here’s a peak at the inside.

Butterscotch Brownies

Butterscotch Ganache

6 oz. butterscotch morsels
6 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
3 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • In a small saucepan, heat cream and butter until just before the boiling stage.
  • Pour over the butterscotch morsels.
  • Let stand about 20 seconds and stir until smooth.
  • Pour over brownies.

For chocolate ganache, just replace butterscotch morsels for semi-sweet chocolate morsels.

And again, here’s Butterscotch Brownie Recipe I used.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

VeggieGirl said...

Butterscotch = heavenly.

November 23, 2008 12:33 AM
Sandy said...

Wow! Your pictures are amazing. I am trying so hard to get good pics of my food but it is hard! Anyway, love your site. I made your cake pops for a kids Halloween party and they were a hit. My cake kept falling off the stick when I dipped them though…even after following your directions exactly. I won’t give up though, I want to try again soon! Any suggestions on that? Thanks!

November 23, 2008 01:01 AM
Jennifer said...

Yum Yum!
I love the pictures that you have posted. I will be sure and try this recipe next week for sure as it looks declicious! I am new to your site and can’t wait to check out more recipes. Be sure and visit my blog too for recipe ideas :) Have a great Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2008 01:04 AM
Logan and Emily said...

I made the mistake of showing this post to my husband. He’s at the store right now picking up butterscotch morsels. Haha. THANKS!

November 23, 2008 01:05 AM
Leigh said...

WOW! That looks absolutely divine! Great photos too.

November 23, 2008 01:15 AM
amber said...

oh, i love butterscotch!

hey, wasn’t your hair blond? LOVING the red!

November 23, 2008 01:28 AM
Allison Holmes said...

WOW that is absolutely amazing! Butterscotch induced coma here i come!

November 23, 2008 01:32 AM
made sweet said...

wow. this looks absolutely, incredibly delicious.

November 23, 2008 01:45 AM
Susie said...

Oh my goodness if that doesn’t look delicious. Yummy!! Excellent photography. I wanted to lick my computer screen.

November 23, 2008 01:46 AM
Tania said...

OMG!!! Yummy, yummy, yummy. LOVE butterscotch.
And your photos are stunning.

November 23, 2008 01:53 AM
Dana Treat said...

That is beautiful. My husband’s absolute favorite is butterscotch so I will bookmark this one!

November 23, 2008 02:01 AM
The Food Librarian said...

Wow! This is sooooo amazing. What a beautiful birthday gift!!

November 23, 2008 02:05 AM
CakeEater said...

Never been of fan of butterscotch, but that looks heavenly! Perhaps I could do it with PB chips instead?!

November 23, 2008 02:11 AM
bakeorbreak said...

I’ve become a butterscotch fan of late, too. Love Guittard’s butterscotch chips. They’re the best I’ve tried.

November 23, 2008 02:13 AM
Rachael said...

That is right up my alley, as I am not a huge chocolate fan. Butterscotch is so yummy! Beautiful photos too (as usual). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2008 02:13 AM
L said...

oh yum…. yum yum yum…. can i be you adopted sister? I’ll clean the sticky gooey counter if it gets me one of those! HA!

November 23, 2008 02:22 AM
Isa said...

Wooooow, that looks yummy. And your sis looks very happy too. But, really, who would not be happy with that cake?

November 23, 2008 03:32 AM
Marge said...

I’ve never been a fan of butterscotch, but I do believe you’ve converted me! This looks wonderful!

November 23, 2008 03:36 AM
Bridget said...

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm!!! Oh, that looks delicious. Lucky sister!!!

November 23, 2008 03:40 AM
the projectivist said...

ha! i love the piccy of your sister just biting into the cake!

it all looks scrumptious.

November 23, 2008 03:59 AM
Tanya said...

Oh me, Oh my. That is heaven on a platter right there. I love butterscotch but don’t use it nearly enough. Now I’m craving it badly!

November 23, 2008 04:11 AM
Carey said...

And YOU are MY new best friend! I’ve been allergic to chocolate for years, so I LOVE the idea of doing ganache with another flavor! I’ll just have to try this over Christmas break! :-)

November 23, 2008 04:13 AM
Brindi said...

Holy smokes! That cake looks hot!

November 23, 2008 04:31 AM
Bakerella said...

VeggieGirl – you said it.

Sandy – Maybe you are pushing the stick in to far. Hope you try again. Also, make sure the chocolate surrounds the base of the stick after it is dipped.

Jennifer – thanks!

Logan and Emily – hope you like it.

Leigh – it was.

MommaKiss – Good luck

amber – yep, but that’s a pic of my sis.

Allison Holmes – I’ll revive you with something sweet next week.

made sweet – thanks

Susie – Excellent!

Tania – thank you

Dana Treat – hope he likes…

The Food Librarian – she liked it.

CakeEater – yeah, I think so.

bakeorbreak – I just bought some of those, but I haven’t used them yet. I bought two other flavors also. Can’t wait to try them.

Rachael – thanks and you, too.

L – sounds fair.

Isa – thanks!

Marge – you should try it out.

Bridget – thank you

the projectivist – you should have seen the ones I didn’t post. Messssy.

Tanya – I plan on using it more often. Or at least eating just the morsels.

Carey – Glad to help.

Brindi – it does look kinda sexy!

November 23, 2008 05:10 AM
nicole said...

Aren’t those butterscotch chips soooo good. I’ve been sticking them in my chocolate chip cookie recipe. Love them!

November 23, 2008 06:03 AM
Bryce and Britt said...

YUMMY!! I love love love butterscotch!!!

November 23, 2008 06:13 AM
Snooky doodle said...

wow so selicious and great looking pics. Pity I don t find butterscotch chips here :(

November 23, 2008 06:29 AM
Annie said...

Holy crap, that looks awesome! I don’t blame you for making one for yourself, otherwise I don’t think you would have been able to part with it! I know I wouldn’t have!

November 23, 2008 06:43 AM
Kimberley said...

Wow wow wow wow wow. I think I just drooled a little (okay a LOT)

I’m going to have to shop around to see if I can find some butterscotch drops somewhere around here, this just looks divine!

November 23, 2008 10:57 AM
Cristine said...

OH WOW!!!! I make butterscotch blondies for my hubby all the time. Looks like I have found a new way to do it! Your cake looks A-MAZ-ING!!!!!

November 23, 2008 11:27 AM
Katrina said...

Goodness gracious, that looks killer!

November 23, 2008 01:10 PM
Amanda said...

Gorgeous as usual :)

November 23, 2008 01:36 PM
Kristen and Ryan said...

This looks beyond heavenly!

November 23, 2008 01:51 PM
Pieceful Bits said...

Blonde brownies are one of my favorites; but with butterscotch, pecans, and chocolate…all the better!!! Your pictures are fabulous.

November 23, 2008 02:16 PM
Jeanne S said...

Butterscotch is so underrated! The cake looks like heaven. I'm going to make it for the holiday season, I don't care if it's not red & green!

November 23, 2008 02:34 PM
janel said...

Thank you for sharing the secret of finding 5-inch cake pans…and, of course the amazing recipe to accompany them! Now I can add something to my Cmas wish list and justify much more double layer cake baking!

November 23, 2008 04:09 PM
Jen said...

Oh wow does that look good! When I was young my mom used to bake cookies with bs chips – I think the recipe is on the bag but they were called Oatmeal Scotcheroos – they were delish!

November 23, 2008 04:52 PM
Kim said...

Sweet Lord! This looks divine! There goes my diet!

November 23, 2008 04:58 PM
Dana said...

What a great idea—5 inch mini cakes! I am all for the miniature versions of cakes and of course—cupcakes! They seem so much more fun and festive! Thanks for such great photos and recipes, Bakerella!

November 23, 2008 07:39 PM
Angela said...

OOOOHHH!!!! You are brilliant, I tell you! I have an idea to make chocolate truffles for Thanksgiving… but now they will be butterscotch truffles (drizzled with dark chocolate… very indicative of Autumn!

Thanks for the great idea and Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2008 08:51 PM
Monica H said...

Yum! You’re such a great sister!

Happy Birthday!

November 23, 2008 09:21 PM
Ms Ashley said...

It looks gorgeous and so yummy! Nice job!!

November 23, 2008 09:26 PM
Atticelf said...

My stomach’s growling just looking at those pics! Yumm-o! Thanks for sharing.

November 23, 2008 09:36 PM
CookiePie said...

Ohhhhhh – that sounds divine!!

November 23, 2008 10:16 PM
Rox said...

It looks great, and I don’t anyone can blame you for making one for yourself :)

November 23, 2008 10:24 PM
Calm In The Kitchen said...

Your photos are amazing, I want to reach through my computer and grab that cake!

It looks so good, I’ll have to try it!


November 23, 2008 10:43 PM
The Tyson Family said...

Ooooh…. yummy! As many others have stated, your photography is splendid! As for the brownies, my hips thank you! :-)

November 23, 2008 11:06 PM
Brittany & Barry said...

I am so excited to try this! It looks TO DIE FOR!!! I, too, love butterscotch. I hope it turns out as good as yours! Delish!

November 23, 2008 11:51 PM
The Cookie Girl said...

Those brownies look heavenly! I am not the biggest fan of butterscotch but when I start eating it I usually can’t stop. LOL Come to think of it….that happens when I chocolate too. :)
Thanks for sharing the recipes!

November 24, 2008 12:09 AM
Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Let me just say,..your pictures are mouth watering…I wish I could make my food look sooo good…

November 24, 2008 01:20 AM
Whitney said...

That looks amazing!! I would have had to make my own too! That looks too good to give away! What a lucky sister you have : )

November 24, 2008 02:40 AM
alisamel said...

OMG yummy.. I live in New Zealand and we cant get those butterscotch things here :( although ive had them before and they were scrummy.. Just wanted to say HI and I check your blog all the time.. LOVE the photos and wish I could take good photos of my food.. any tips? I have been drooling over your cake pops and plan to make some in time for xmas.. we can only get chocolate frosting here (and only some shops sell it) if I was to google a frosting recipe and tried making my own would it work the same as bought stuff? Thanks Alisa from NZ :)

November 24, 2008 03:26 AM
Bakerella said...

nicole – yes, yes, yes, I think I'm addicted.

Bryce and Britt – I'm with ya

Snooky doodle – what, now way!

Annie – I couldn't resist keeping it for myself.

Kimberley – happy hunting.

Cristine – makes it a little more special.

Katrina – it was

Amanda – thank you

Kristen and Ryan – thanks

Pieceful Bits – glad you liked it.

Jeanne S – I agree. I never gave it much of a thought before now.

janel – here's to better baking.

Jen – You're right. I'll be trying that one soon too.

Kim – Mine was gone a while ago.

Dana – I love things mini if you haven't noticed.

Angela – and I predict they will be delicious!

Monica H – that's sweet of you. thanks.

Ms Ashley – thanks

Atticelf – feed it some butterscotch :)

CookiePie – it was pretty dang good.

Rox – thanks!

Calm In The Kitchen – Hope you like.

The Tyson Family – glad to help

Brittany & Barry – me too!

The Cookie Girl – that's just what happened to me

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life – glad you and your tummy like them.

Whitney – thanks

alisamel – Hi there! You can use other frosting flavors. And you can use homemade, too. Add it slowly, so you don't add too much.

Here's a link to my camera stuff:

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November 24, 2008 04:27 AM
bakergirlcreations said...

Yummy! The cakes looks fantastic. Great combo :)

November 24, 2008 04:45 AM
puglyfeet said...

Oh dear me. I suddenly have a strong craving for butterscotch.

November 24, 2008 06:35 AM
Jenn's Baking Chamber said...

WOW, you really know how to make a girl hungry! that cake look so delicious im jelous its not my birthday! the pictures are just mouth watering and I cant wait to make this cake!

November 24, 2008 07:51 AM
Happy cook said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOW they are just DELICIOUS. I would love to have a huge slice from the butterscotch indulgence.

November 24, 2008 10:11 AM
chrissy said...

Love Butterscotch it is highly

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November 24, 2008 10:37 AM
Maris said...

Wow, this looks great! My mom’s birthday is tomorrow and I’ve been on the look out for great cake ideas!

November 24, 2008 03:24 PM
Pattty Treviño said...

It looks so good yummi yummi :)

November 24, 2008 03:58 PM
sarah @ Sweet Endeavors said...

OMG! I love butterscotch bars (i think i use the same recipe. It’s on the back of the morsel bag.) This looks amazing.

November 24, 2008 04:27 PM
Warnell said...

Wow, that is quite the thing to see on a Monday morning! Amazing.

November 24, 2008 05:22 PM
sharyl said...

i loooove butterscotch!! i think i will test drive this recipe and include it in my gift giving this Christmas.

November 24, 2008 07:49 PM
Tina said...

Your first photo is UNBELIEVABLE! So gorgeous!

November 24, 2008 08:07 PM
Jennywenny said...

mmm, that looks delicious. What brand did you use? I think Itried the nestle brand for some butterscotch pecan bars and the bars came out orange and tasted like chemicals. Maybe I need to experiment a bit more!

November 24, 2008 08:11 PM
Jaina said...

I absolutely LOVE butterscotch, I’m so excited to hear that it’s your new best friend.

November 24, 2008 09:37 PM
My First Kitchen said...

Wow. I have no words. Only a really REALLY watering mouth.

November 24, 2008 10:05 PM
Demand More said...

Oh. Dear. Lord. I want that SOO bad right now. Yum!

November 24, 2008 10:47 PM
southern daze said...

You’ve done it yet again…my mouth is watering and I’m kicking myself for not having any butterscotch on hand. I can assure you that’s been added to my shopping list. YUM!

November 25, 2008 12:15 AM
Dawn in CA said...

An entire mini-cake made out of brownie batter… perfect! I wish my sister lived close enough for us to have birthdays together. You’re both lucky!

November 25, 2008 12:20 AM
rach said...

Can’t wait to try that one! Love butterscotch and love your blog!!!

November 25, 2008 12:27 AM
Bakerella said...

bakergirlcreations – thanks!

puglyfeet – Sorry!

Jenn’s Baking Chamber – hope you like!

Happy cook – I wish I had more too!

chrissy – totally agree

Maris – If you make it, tell her HB for me

Pattty Treviño – thank you … thank you

sarah @ Sweet Endeavors – I’m sure it’s the same.

Warnell – thought I would wake a few people up.

sharyl – good luck.

Tina – WOW! Thanks very much.

Jennywenny – hmmm, I used Nestle.

Jaina – thanks

My First Kitchen – funny

Demand More – it’s easy to make

southern daze – I have like 3 bags right now I can’t wait to use.

Dawn in CA – thanks!

rach – Hope you like it.

November 25, 2008 03:56 AM
LaDue & Crew said...

Oh this is amazing looking! Now I know what to do with the butterscotch ones I bought and never used! Finally, a different kind of dessert, full of sin and sass!

November 25, 2008 05:18 AM
morgana said...

Happy birthday, Bakerella’s Sis!!!!

I love the picture of your sis eating the cake, it’s realy great!

Sometimes I call my sister just like this “sis”. Well you know… “Sis! Please come here” or “Sis! Did you buy some milk?”. OK translate everything to spanish… except “sis”, of course.

November 25, 2008 03:05 PM
alia said...

love your ideas! the pics are great!

November 25, 2008 05:09 PM
Madelyn @ Southern Weddings said...

This looks so delicious! I absolutely adore butterscotch! Yummy!

November 25, 2008 05:34 PM
lyndsie said...

I have been a “lurking” fan of yours for awhile, but have not been brave enough to try any of your stuff! I need to just DO IT though, everyone looks heavenly! I read your blog everyday!

November 25, 2008 08:47 PM
Marie @ Make and Takes said...

Holy Crap!

November 25, 2008 10:28 PM
B36Kitchen said...

So beautiful. I love butterscotch. I’m dying to get my hands on some vegan butterscotch chips.

November 25, 2008 10:36 PM
wannabee free said...

I looked on your luscious blog yesterday and got to see all the gorgeous pictures, but today it won’t show any. I hope you haven’t changed it somehow and that this is just a strange one-time phenomenon. If you did change the format for some reason, CHANGE IT BACK PLEASE!!

November 25, 2008 11:06 PM
Anonymous said...

mmm… that makes me soo hungry..

November 25, 2008 11:11 PM
Rockstar said...

now THAT looks good.

November 25, 2008 11:12 PM
Lina said...

Looks like heaven!

November 26, 2008 02:08 AM
Lindsey said...

You sure do know how to take your average boxed baked good to a whole new level! I love it!

November 26, 2008 01:48 PM
Candi said...

Holy Butterscoth, Batman! My son turns 1 today and we’re having cake at grandma’s tomorrow but I feel like a bad mother not having something for him today, lol. I think I’ve found my ‘something’. Let’s just hope he likes them as much as I know I’m going to!! Thanks for the great recipes!!

November 26, 2008 07:40 PM
Amy said...

This looks gorgeous! I’m not a particularly big fan of butterscotch, but even I’d eat this.

November 26, 2008 07:56 PM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

This looks absolutely divine!!

November 26, 2008 08:18 PM
Linda said...

My husband is a butterscotch freak. I am saving this to make for his birthday in April! Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2008 08:50 PM
Bakerella said...

LaDue & Crew – you said it!

morgana – thanks my friend. I like that pic of her too. Hope she likes it.

alia – thanks

Madelyn @ Southern Weddings – I've been missing out all these years.

lyndsie – Yep. just Do It!

Marie @ Make and Takes – enuff said

B36Kitchen – hope you find some

wannabee free – I haven't changed anything, so let me know if it's still messed up for you.

Anonymous – me too

Rockstar – thanks!

Lina – tasted like it too

Lindsey -It wasn't a mix this time. I made from scratch

Candi – Hey, he's only one. He'll like it.

Amy – And, I think you'd turn into a fan.

Tabitha (From Single to Married) -thank you!

Linda – He'll love it

November 27, 2008 03:14 AM
Stephanie said...

Oh my word! That little cake looks divine! I can’t wait to try it!

November 27, 2008 03:23 AM
Cheryl Wray said...

This looks amazing!!!!! I just made my very first caramel frosting tonight and it was delicious…sort of butterscotch-like!

(By the way…I’m making my first cake bites for a Thanksgiving get together tomorrow. They are looking yummy!)

November 27, 2008 04:57 AM
Sue said...

Hi…first time on your blog…What a visual treat…I am a baker and your pictures are amazing, makes me want to get up off the couch and go make something….I look forward to coming back..Sue.

November 28, 2008 04:09 AM
Aurélie said...

Fabulous….your blog is very very nice, i love it. And your cake looks fantastic…
(In advance, sorry if my english is not correct…. ;-) )

November 28, 2008 12:20 PM
Anonymous said...

love all your

my fav are the cake pops ..could you make some in a wedding theme…love to see your ideas

November 28, 2008 04:01 PM
Latifa said...

my god…your photos are delicious!

November 28, 2008 04:51 PM
Dani said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the pics!

November 28, 2008 10:22 PM
Jess said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I haven’t been able to eat chocolate in more than two years due to a caffeine sensitivity, and the recipe you linked to for the butterscotch brownies brightened my day considerably. I’ve always wanted to find a brownie recipe that works for me, but I haven’t found the right one. This just might be it! :)

November 29, 2008 02:38 AM
Heather said...

My husband and I recently found your blog, and we are both super excited! I know I’ll have to try your recipes soon.

November 29, 2008 07:39 PM
MarcyG. said...

Oh my goodnesss gracious…. slurp… drool. Thanks for the recipe… I’m making them today!

November 29, 2008 08:39 PM
100 said...

Had to share – made this recipe to bring along with other goodies to the family food fest holiday. WOW! Made 1 batch of blondie and divided it into 3 six inch pans. Covered two with chocolate ganache and 1 with butterscotch. Think I actually liked the butterscotch one best! Will absolutely make again! Thanks for sharing!

November 29, 2008 09:22 PM
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